The class modules and discussion with other participants made me more aware of how my actions and personal biases can get in the way of creating a inclusive environment. I am also more sensitive to the way others behave (towards me or other people) and can see how their own personal biases may lead the interaction to happen in that manner. Prior to the course, I thought if we have diversity, then it is all good. But now after the course, I realize that having diversity is good, but not good enough if we don't have inclusion in the equation. That is a big eye opener for me.
Diversity Issues in Public Health
This four-part lecture series, led by Dr. Renee Johnson, associate professor of mental health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will describe best practices in the definition and measurement of specific demographic factors, identify challenges and controversies in measurement, and provide examples of how specific demographic factors are used in research. Though the focus is primarily on the United States, some international examples are provided and students with global health interests are encouraged to participate and apply the concepts to different contexts.
This course is offered in conjunction with Dr. Carol Runyan, Department of Epidemiology; Dr. Jan Gascoigne, Department of Community & Behavioral Health; and Dr. Carolyn DiGuiseppi, Department of Epidemiology.
The recorded sessions are below.